“Hello Vintage Mauve followers. This is Eva Stephen. Bundle of thanks to Jessica who gave me an opportunity to be guest on her blog. Friends, you know that I love vintage styling. I hope you do too, and that’s the reason you are at Vintage Mauve. I feel vintage gives you multiple feelings; sometimes cool, sometimes warm, sometimes elegant and even sometimes Royal! Doesn’t it? I’d like to dedicate my post to Jessica, her husband Andrew and all the vintage fans out there with love. I hope you enjoy my journey and experiences through vintage home makeover. Cheers.”
A few years ago I came to a point where I quarreled with those around me and felt dissatisfied with something in my life, only to discover that the main reason for my dissatisfaction was my home. I moved into a house with my family that needed to be redecorated, but we kept postponing because of our busy schedules and because we thought we needed to save at this time. When I realized I could wait no longer, I took a vacation, browsed through many blogs, leafed through many home décor magazines, checked out some furniture on shop4furniture.net and decided that the first thing I really needed was: a vintage bedroom.
Place where you feel relaxed and loved
Bedroom loses its purpose if you don’t feel its magic working on you every night you go to sleep and every morning you wake up. It is very important to style your bedroom just right, so that the bed you sleep in, the light coming in through the window in the morning and its cheerful (or soothing) walls keep you comfortable and convinced you are in a safe place.
“Old” is the new “trendy”
One way to get that warm, cozy atmosphere is to surround yourself with many dear objects, like books, old photographs in vintage frames, fresh flowers and soft pillows. Another way to create a happy and interesting bedroom is to experiment with furniture. For example, you could find some old suitcases that you can re-purpose and use as a dresser, or find a worn-down dresser at a garage sale that you could repaint and sand off some color in order to give it that good old vintage look.
Mirror, mirror, on the vintage wall
One of the best things I did in my bedroom was put up a wonderful flowered wallpaper and covered the walls with vintage photo frames. I kept some frames empty – no photo – and some were perfectly matched with black and white pictures of my parents, grandparents and my childhood. Just to tell you Shop Style has an awesome collection of vintage photo frames. Don’t miss it.
I also found some nice flowered bedspread to match the walls and got a lot of fluffy pillows that are a delight to lie on. Very tempting when I have work to do.
I also love mirrors, and choosing one for the bedroom wasn’t easy. I wasn’t sure whether to buy a long and big one for the entire wall, or to have a smaller, round one as part of the dresser.
I went with the second solution because it invoked scenes from old movies I love and because I didn’t think I needed a full-length mirror in the bedroom.
Details, the most delicious part
After I redecorated my bedroom, I spent a few days visiting yard sales and shopping for pretty details to decorate the rest of the home. The bedroom needed complete remodeling, while other parts of our home could pass with only some slight freshening up.
I put flowers in interesting looking glasses and ordinary bottles, used old pieces of wood to make plain bookshelves and bought many trinkets to place around the house.
After our little vintage decoration adventure, all the negative energy was gone. I was able to come home and feel happy about my life again. I couldn’t even imagine that my home and its appearance could have such an effect on my life.